The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20)
Pope Francis begins his message for Lent 2020 with passage from Scripture. He continues:
“This year the Lord grants us, once again, a favorable time to prepare to celebrate with renewed hearts the great mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life. We must continually return to this mystery in mind and heart, for it will continue to grow within us in the measure that we are open to its spiritual power and respond with freedom and generosity.”
Here are some resources that may assist in renewing our hearts and reflecting on the great mystery of our faith:
We have begun the election season with primaries and caucuses in a number of states. The 2020 election season will end in November when we elect a number of our political leaders, including a President.
San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy delivered a talk entitled “Conscience, Candidates and Discipleship in Voting.” He begins his talk by quoting Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium who points powerfully to the vocation of faith-filled citizenship:
“An authentic faith … always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all of its tragedies and struggles, its hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed 'the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,' the Church 'cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.’"
Over the course of the next few months, election guides will be made available. Network, the Catholic social lobby invites us to become spirit-filled voters. Network uses the principles of Catholic social teaching to inform all of their work including the Voter Guide that they have prepared.
In 2007, The Adrian Dominican Sisters adopted a stance that “calls on the U.S. government to lead the way for global abolition of nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction by adopting a plan to lock down, reduce, and eliminate nuclear and all weapons of mass destruction. We call for an immediate development, adoption, and implementation of a plan that will ensure that there will be no new nuclear weapons, no new materials for nuclear weapons, and no testing of nuclear weapons.”
In a Washington Post article, Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer led with the headline, “2020 is the year to worry about nuclear weapons.” Ms. Braut-Hegghammer identifies 3 reasons for her conclusion. Read more.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NFP). The treaty has been successful in preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Watch a U.N. video on the NFP.
Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in a “midlife crisis at 50?” Read Dr. Jacek Durkalec’s article in the NATO Review. Dr. Durkalec is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Every day in the United States, 100 people die from gun violence. The U.S. gun violence rate is 25 times higher than other developed countries. Research shows that common-sense public safety laws reduce gun violence and could save as many 38,000 gun deaths that happen each year.
What can the average person do to help end this epidemic?